Ahhh…. Summer

This week has been a little busy for me. I started taking summer classes at my university. Summer classes are advertised as being quick and relaxing and a good way to catch up on credits or jump ahead. It is pretty nice. Class sizes are smaller, out-of-state students get to pay in-state tuition, and indeed a standard 11-week class is done and over with in only 8 weeks. There are some negative aspects, though, that immediately reminded me of why I hate summer school. Let me count the ways.

1. It’s summer! No one should have to study during the summer.

2. Classes are taught by TAs instead of professors. This can be good or bad, depending on the TA.

3. A 10 week class, which meets 3 times a week during the regular school year plus once a week for a lab or recitation (that’s right: 30 times per term, plus 10 labs/recitations) will meet 5 times a week for 8 weeks. The last time I checked this math, 3 x 10 + 1 x 10 = 40. 5 x 8 = 40. Yep, exactly the same. But for some reason, every teacher I have had always has this idea that we are in a condensed class, so they move twice as fast, don’t explain everything properly and skip over a lot of important stuff, but give twice the homework. The math class I am taking normally has two midterm exams and a final exam upon which your grade is based. During the summer (since there isn’t enough time) there will only be one midterm and a final. I can live with that, but the irony of the situation is that the particular subject matter of this math class is Logic. And I have twice as much homework to do in half the time. That kind of bothers me.

4. 4-week classes are deadly. Sure they are over as soon as they begin. Yeah, I get three credits for showing up 4 times a week for 4 weeks. Anyone can do that. In fact the 4-week class that I am in, is “Music Appreciation: History of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Who could complain about that? It’s great. But seriously, I have a rather short attention span. I have a hard time paying attention to a 2 minute TV commercial. These 4-week classes are two hours long and they meet Monday through Thursday. I started the class on Monday, and I have my first midterm exam on this coming Monday. That is enough to drive anyone insane.

Now I remember why I didn’t take classes last summer. Because I took classes the summer before that and realized that summer classes are someone’s idea of a bad joke. Hopefully I’ll survive. It’s only 8 weeks, right?

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